If you have bought a new car in the last couple of years it will more than likely have Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) fitted.
ADAS comes in a range of sensors from Lane Departure Warning Cameras to Collision Avoidance Radars. Some are fitted to the windscreen of the car and others in different panels of the car.
The most important aspect of ADAS as that all of the systems need to talk to each other and be able to ‘see’ the road around it. So if any part is damaged, replaced or moved, it will need to be re calibrated.
Premier Windscreens are the leaders in ADAS equipped vehicles and use world leading TEXA multi-brand diagnostics.
More Than a Windscreen
Like many parts of your car, your windscreen is becoming ever more advanced and complex, mostly without you even knowing it.
You’ll hear of lots of new technologies that are making our cars safer, like lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance. These are known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS. The windscreen is at the heart of these technologies, which operate via a tiny camera set into your windscreen. If your windscreen is incorrectly fitted, even by just a few millimeters, these technologies won’t work properly!
So what is Calibration?
If your car is fitted with ADAS technology, and you need a windscreen replacement, it’s a more complex job than previously. Alongside fitting the screen securely, the fitter has to ensure the screen is correctly calibrated so that the camera has precisely the right view of the road ahead. That takes skills and expertise, and the right equipment.
So next time you are getting your windscreen replaced, ask whether it needs to be calibrated*. And then leave it to the experts.
Does it apply to my car?
If your car is fitted with any of these technologies, your replacement windscreen may need to be calibrated:
Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
Adaptive high beam
Glare-free high beam
Adaptive light control: swivelling curve lights
Automotive navigation system with typically GPS and TMC for providing up-to-date traffic information.
Automotive night vision
Blind spot monitor
Collision avoidance system
Driver drowsiness detection
Driver Monitoring System
Electric vehicle warning sounds used in hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles
Emergency driver assistant
Forward Collision Warning
Hill descent control
Intelligent speed adaptation or intelligent speed advice (ISA)
Lane departure warning system
Lane change assistance
Pedestrian protection system
Traffic sign recognition
Vehicular communication systems
Wrong-way driving warning
What is the Process
Once the windscreen is fitted to your vehicle, it then needs to be scanned by the TEXA Diagnostic Tool and using a combination of calibration panels and dynamic driving tests, the system will ensure that the ADAS is correctly aligned and ‘seeing’ the road exactly in order for the systems to function at their optimal level.
The process can take a few hours to complete, but will ensure that everything is working correctly and to manufacturers standards.
If you need any more information contact Western Downs Autoglass on 4668 9914